Crisis rocks PDP over ward congresses as Secondus, others accused of manipulation, mismanagement

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•PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus

By SAMUEL OGIDAN, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is presently embroiled in crisis over the inauguration of new ward executive committees nationwide.

The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus and some members of the party National

Working Committee (NWC), have been accused of allegedly manipulating and mismanaging the exercise because of “personal interest.”

It was gathered that the tenures of the occupants, going by the Constitution of the Party, expired by 11: 59 pm on Thursday last week and while the new Excos were expected to be inaugurated on Friday May 1, in states where the congresses had already been concluded before the lockdown orders occasioned by the Coronvirus pandemic in the country.

It was, however, learnt by INDEPENDENT that the inauguration, which was allegedly manipulated had sharply divided the NWC with some members accusing the party National Chairman of not implementing the collective decisions of the body to the letter on vital issues for the progress of the Party.

Speaking with INDEPENDENT correspondent on the condition of anonymous, one of the aggrieved members of the NWC said that is not well within the party.

He said: “All is not well in the party right now. Our National Chairman is the only one that can explain the case of the current issues being raised concerning the inauguration of the Ward Excos because we sat as a body and resolved that the exercise should be put on hold in some places such as Ekiti, Kano, Cross Rivers and others where we had some issues to be resolved, but to the surprise of every one, the press statement on the decision was never made public.

“Our findings revealed that the non-release of the statement at the appropriate time gave room for manipulations. For instance, in Ekiti state where we have some issues to resolve, two parallel Excos were inaugurated, one on Thursday and the second one on Friday, we even learnt they went to court over the matter under this.

“Also note that there are inuaguration of parallel State Excos in Osun, Ondo and of late, Ogun States. All these should be of concern to loyal party members and they should look into these issues before the party collapsed all because of personal interest.

“Our take is that if the National Chairman had allowed the press statement as resolved by the

NWC, there would not be room for the shortcomings we are witnessing now, I am afraid that if something is not done urgently to rescue the party, we should as well forget 2023.

“Another issue of contention we have been battling with is the indefinite suspension slammed on some of our lawmakers in the House of Representatives.

“It was supposed to last for a month but look at where we are now. We never tabled their extension at any of our meetings, the Chairman only extended it by fiat through a press statement.

“Some of us kicked against it because of the realities on ground. PDP is not the only party that makes up the Minority in the House, others met and they elected their leaders which were ratified by the House. We think that those who are representing us are doing very excellent based on their brilliant performances, they are our first eleven, we don’t know why the Chairman is looking the other way.

“The time has come when the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, a former

Speaker of the House of Representatives should wade into the matter before the affected lawmakers will be frustrated to dump the Party.”

Another NWC member, who pleaded not to be mentioned said, “The National Chairman, Prince Uche

Secondus runs the affairs of the party as a military man. He runs the party as a principal while other members of the NWC are seen as students.

“It is true that he takes unilateral decisions sometimes without reaching out to other members of the NWC. This is not good and we hope he would change his leadership style. Those who can’t question him are those who are particularly close to him in expectation of one favour or the other.”

The National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus and the National Secretary, Sen. Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri, had, however, in a joint statement on Saturday, reacted to the development in the party occasioned by the inauguration.

Secondus and Tsauri dissociated the NWC of the Party from the inauguration of organs of the Ogun state chapter of the party, describing it as an illegal action.

According to the statement, “the attention of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples

Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to some media publication, especially, the online media concerning a purported inauguration of certain unknown persons as State Officers of the Party in

Ogun State on Friday, May 8, 2020

“We want to advise members of the public, especially the teeming members of our great Party in Nigeria and Ogun State in particular, that the Peoples Democratic Party has not conducted any congress for the election of the Party officers at any level of the Party: Ward, LGA Chapter and or State, in Ogun State.”

In the same vain, leadership of the Party has also appointed a Caretaker Committee for the Ekiti

State Chapter of the party headed by Senator Hosea Agboola, in the wake of the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party that had two parallel Ward Executives inaugurated last week. (Sunday Independent)


Source: News Express

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